2014 is looking to be a good year musically for both Keath Mead and Dear Blanca. Both have new releases on the horizon as Dear Blanca follows up their 2013 début Talker and Mead releases his début Sunday Dinner.
For their new album, Dear Blanca went back to work with Talker producer and honorary third member in Charlotte’s Bo White. For Dear Blanca much has changed in the last year leading up to their sophomore album. Prior to the Talker they operated as a two piece band, even Dickerson as a one man band playing drums and guitar in the very early days. Now they’ve got not one, but two drummers with Marc Coty and Dayne Lee, and a full-time bassist in Cameron Powell formerly of Kemp Ridley. Frontman and chief songwriter Dylan Dickerson is high on the album and thinks it will blow Talker out of the water. He’s more proud of the new record than anything he’s ever done musically. That’s saying a lot. The début received a warm welcome from critics and fans alike. The band is adding finishing touches to the album now and eyeing a mid 2014 release.
Keath Mead’s story is different as he looks to release his début later this year. Sunday Dinner was recorded and produced by Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick in Berkley California, with unmastered tracks coming out to a warm reception to the Toro crowd via an online push from Bundick’s Twitter account. That’s how we first came across, and fell in love with Mead’s charmingly hazy tunes. Mead’s live band is made up of all-star cast as well which includes two members of Washed Out’s live band in Dylan Lee and Cameron Gardner along with Chad Langdale on bass.